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“At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” Carrie Fisher
Happy World Bipolar Day, although slightly late. The theme of the day was “Strength for today and hope for tomorrow.”
Unfortunately, with the world as it is all the events that had been planned were canceled. But having events is not what this day is about for me. I look at this day as a historical landmark.
World Bipolar Day was established on March 30, 2014, on the birthday of one of the most famous bipolar sufferers, Vincent Van Gough. Although in Vincent’s time he would have been diagnosed with circular insanity. Which was how they were describing the cycle of mania and depression at that time. It wasn’t until 1921 that the term and diagnosis of manic depression was established. In 1980 the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder was established and 34 years later a day was designated.
I firmly believe that in all of history, if you are to have bipolar disorder this is the best time to have this diagnosis. The stigma around this illness is diminishing. No, it is not completely gone, but compared to when I was properly diagnosed in 2009 the stigma is not nearly as damaging. The medication and other tools to battle this illness are improving almost daily. Support, both professional and non-professional, is more readily available. The amount of information available to the bipolar sufferer to help them cope with all aspects of this illness is amazing.
On World Bipolar Day 2020 we have lots to celebrate. I encourage you to celebrate the advances in treating this illness, not just on March 30th, but every day.
Although many people still struggle horribly with the illness, there is hope. There may never be a cure for bipolar disorder, but bipolar management is becoming easier and easier with each advance. The path to managing your bipolar disorder is hard in the beginning as you learn the new skills and routines that proper management requires. Just remember hard does not mean impossible and no one is doing this perfectly. No one expects you to do this perfectly either. As Carrie Fisher said, “if you are doing it at all you deserve a medal.”
Be proud, not ashamed.
As we conclude this week’s blog post always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our battle is with our illness not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
The Bipolar Workbook, Second Edition: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings.
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